Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiantReviewed by Jen

I was wary going in to this book.  Even though I am not part of the YA community, the degree of backlash was impossible to miss.  I heard the author even received death threats.  While that is crazy, extreme, and never ok, after finishing the book I understand the disappointment. And a little bit of anger.  After all, the first book was really good.  Tris and Four were so compelling.  I grew to care about them: about their fight, their happiness, their evolution.  And all I am left with now, is a hollow feeling and the resounding question, why would any author do this to her fans?

I’m not going to spoil the ending. Just in case, like me, you have managed to avoid spoilers up until this point, I am not going to be the one to ruin it for you. [Read more…]

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

insurgentReviewed by Jen

I’ll say this for the Divergent series: no one can call it predictable.  While we spent the first book becoming firmly ensconced in this other world of factions and their dogma, this second installment serves as the transition into its annihilation.  All this, through the eyes of main character Tris.  And just as we saw the sects begin to deconstruct, so too, in many ways, did our heroine.

The story begins in the immediate aftermath of the devastating simulation forced on the Dauntless.  Tris is struggling with what she had to do to survive it.  She is mourning the deaths of her parents.  And she is working with Tobias and Caleb to find safety and answers among members of another faction.  [Read more…]

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergentReviewed by Jen

I know this book was the big thing two years ago, but I’m not much of a YA reader and I ignored the buzz. But then I saw the trailer for the movie and I was intrigued.  The good thing about being late to the party is that I get to read all three installments in this trilogy back-to-back.  This is fairly awesome since I really enjoyed the book –and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The basic plot goes like this: in a dystopian Chicago, society is made up into five factions. Each represents a different virtue that its people strive to achieve. Beatrice was raised Abnegation, the selfless sect of society committed to doing for others.  But like all others turning 16, it is time for her to choose the faction she will follow for the rest of her life.  [Read more…]